Getting back to the Be My Neighbor quilt, I decided to lay out a number of fabrics all at once, and choose the fabrics for the last four blocks all at once. I plan to put the darker blue fabric on the last block in the final row, and I also wanted to distribute the colors across the row. I have realized that I am going too slow on this at this point, and I need to finish all the blocks, do the sashing, and add the border(s), all before the end of July. That will give me one month to get it quilted and bound in time for the State Fair this year.
I had this wonderful lattice fabric with roses that I wanted to use on one of the houses, and this block seemed the perfect one.
Block 13 has a large piece in the center that will look like the lattice is climbing up the side.
So as usual, I cut all the bits, and found a couple of buttons for the flower center to audition.
Marking diagonal lines, chain sew as much as I can.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Layout the bits, and sew in sections, again as much as possible to minimize trips to the ironing board.
I noticed that I ran out of bobbin thread, and after reloading, I got the leaf blocks sewn on the wrong side. Oh well, it just means that the solid blocks are on opposite sides from the pattern, something no one will notice. Not ripping that out!
Piecing all together, I placed the flower on the patchwork.
Pinning on the bird and the flower, I used the freezer paper method of applique again.
It only took me part of an afternoon to get the handwork done. All the birds will get button eyes, and all the flowers will get button centers once the quilting is done.
So, Block 13 completed. I’m going to have to finish one block a week at least to stay on track. Next up is Block 14, the sailboat, and I am not going to do a sailboat. So now I have to figure out what to put in its place. I’ll do another house of some sort, and I’ll share that with you next week.
What are you working on now?